Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

The eggs are all colored...

The dishes are set out.

Our bunny cakes is frosted...

Lots of jellybeans, no doubt!

And while chicks and li'l bunnies are all in good fun...

Let us not lose focus, 
the ressurection of God's Son.

Praise Him; Sing Alleluia,
and God's blessings to everyone!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Washi Tag Challenge #152

Today I'm posting a tag I made for Challenge #152 at City Crafter Challenge.  The theme this week was to incorporate washi tape into our work.  But what IS washi tape, you might ask?  Well, in a nutshell, it basically began as a high quality Japanese masking tape made with rice paper.  Since its origins in 2006, its popularity has grown to become a craft/art supply phenomenon, and can be found in countless colors and designs to suit nearly any preference and project.

In a previous post, I've shown how I've made my own washi tape, in a good number of colors and patterns such as the following you see here.

You can easily make your own as well, following a wonderful tutorial HERE, by Jennibellie...  But for my tag, today, I chose the pink print tape I made, shown below.

Here is my tag, finished, and where you'll see the washi tape bordering the left side.  The vintage image of a woman dressed in her Easter bonnet, can be found at The Graphics Fairy.

I made the rose myself, from paper.  From there I included a paper doily, silk flower violets, buttons, pearls and lace, and finally a pretty pink bow made with seam binding...  But at the top, you see I made a very unique heart shaped hanger...  And here's a little recycling idea I hope you'll like!  Can you tell what it's made from?

These are the little hooks that a pair of socks might hang from, when displayed at the stores we buy them from!  I used E6000 glue to adhere two hooks together, to form the heart.  (the widest ends overlapping, with the holes aligned, and glued upon each other to form the bottom of the heart)  Then I simply applied some Diamond Stickles, and added the little violet to the bottom to pretty it up!  So sweet, and who would ever think socks when they see it, right?!  Little hearts like these would make beautiful embellishments on scrapbook pages or cards too, I think, so remember not to throw these little plastic doohickeys away!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Somebunny's Busy!

Time seems to fly these days, having done so much, and having so much to do...  How did one Monday become NEXT Monday so fast?!...  And now Easter is less than a week away!!

Well, I've been a busy bunny indeed, but here are a couple of projects I whipped up in my spare time, during the past week.  First up is a new dishcloth.  I've been meaning to crochet myself some new ones for so long, but just never got 'round to it.  Then I heard that Melinda, at MoCrochet, was hosting a Dishcloth CAL (crochet along); this past week, being Week One.  She gave a choice of two patterns to choose from, and I liked the Pretty Scallops Dishcloth.

So pretty for Spring, I'm already making good use of this one!  

As a resident of the "Great Northeast", I'm ever hopeful that Spring IS on its way.   Sometimes Mother Nature can be a bit of a tease, as the temps go up and then down again.  And just when you think Spring is finally here, the weather man is warning you that another foot of snow is on its way.  It can get a little discouraging, especially if you've had your fill of Old Man Winter for the year.

(recycled business envelopes for background in my junque/art journal)

But I'm hanging in there, very eager for warmer days, green grass, flowers, and birds singing in the bright sunshine!  Better days are coming..  I just know it!

Well, on that note, next up is a new rag doll I just made; and she certainly cheers me up, no matter what the weather brings!  Look closely, and you see Easter eggs and paint brushes on the fabric of her dress.  Perfect, I thought, as this new dolly will be as crafty as me, and loving the holiday just as much!

With paint brush in hand, she is ready to color and decorate some eggs for that clever little Easter Bunny to hide on us, just as soon as we're not looking!...

I'm very happy with how she came out; but actually, I think I may still dip her brush in the purple paint, then let it dry, so that it looks like she's still painting the egg in her other hand.  I forgot about that, before taking pictures..  Oops!

Well, I've got a batch of banana bread I want to bake at some point today, and I'm very behind in getting my Easter decorations out this year, seeing as I just barely found the time recently to take down the St. Patrick's Day things.  Maybe I'll get that done tonight, I hope...  Off I run, anyways!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hope your day's a good one!

By the way, today I'm linking with Sew Many Ways, Linky Party # 107, and Le Chateau Des Fleurs...  My thanks to both for hosting these events!  Be sure to stop by these events to see what other busy bunnies are up to! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yay!.. A Snowday!!

I woke up this morning to find a winter wonderland outside my window...  And nothing was even plowed!  We homeschool here, but we do so in connection with the school, so we follow the school year schedule.  If the school gets a snowday, then WE get one too!

"Hmmm", I thought..
"By the looks of things, I guess we'll be staying IN!"

So-oooo, I thought to myself again, "What can I do today, that I've been wanting to do, but haven't had the time?".....

Said myself, "I feel like sewing!"

I set up my sewing machine, warmed up my coffee, found one of the projects I've been wanting to make, and just got to it!  Handmade Harbor has an awesome tutorial to make a really sweet Heart-Shaped Scissor Keeper.

Well, how many pairs of scissors do I have around here?..  I couldn't even tell you, but I was sure I could fill a helpful little organizer like this with little trouble!

My first thought was that I could recycle some old blue jeans for the biggest background heart of this project, but no.  The ones I had were much too thick, and when considering all the layers that need to be sewed together...  I just wondered if it would be too much for my machine.  So, I dug through my fabric stash, and came up with just the right colors, some gingham, and a plaid that I thought would look nice together!  I cut out my pattern pieces, then all my fabric pieces...  and whir, whir, whir went my sewing machine; so happy to be taken out of storage, to be played with and appreciated again!  Next thing you know, my little Scissor Keeper was done!

So here it is empty, and then filled.  Hmmm..  I shouldn't be surprised if I might need a second one for the kitchen!  It was really very easy to do!  If you find yourself saying, "I'm just not that experienced to try this", then DON'T!  This is a great project for beginners!...  Don't be shy.  Give it a try! 

For now, I'll hang this one in my little craft corner!
I really love creative ideas for storing my craft supplies;
especially in a pretty way like this!

Well, I hate to "cut this short"....  (ha! ha!)
My thanks to Wendy for sharing her tutorial.

And thank YOU for stopping by today!


Monday, March 18, 2013

An Irish Sweet Tooth!

Don't ya just love leftovers?!

I can't always fit the time in to make my frosted sugar cookies every holiday, but this year I managed to whip up a wee batch of Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day!  (If you like, you can find this Wilton cookie cutter right HERE.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shamrocks & Corned Beef Wishes

Like dollies and tea parties...

I still love my crayons!

Here are some zendoodles I did last night.

I did everything in pencil first; then I used my Shamrock Green crayon, and black marker for outlining and coloring.

If you're feeling artistic, or you're in need of a St. Patrick's Day background for scrapbooking or journaling, then HERE'S where you can find how to draw these cute little shamrocks!

Today, I'm wearin' the green, and I'm cooking up corned beef and cabbage, with all the fixin's for a nice family dinner!  I've got all my Irish music playing on the CD player!  The only thing missing is green beer!  Oh well... 

May your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
wherever you go.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Life Mantra #3

Cathy, at Paper Traders Art Blog, is hosting a monthly art journal challenge: Life Mantras Word Prompts 2013.  The challenge is open to anyone and everyone, members and non-members, all skill levels welcomed, and it's never too late to join in!  This month's prompt, the third in this event, is "Live in the moment"; and somewhere in our work we are required to include some element/symbol of time.

If you remember seeing my other two Life Mantra journal pages, then you'd notice there seems to be a running style, or feature, going on here.  Both pages have secret places that open up in some way, to hold journaling, or perhaps tiny treasures of some kind, such as tickets, photos, or whatever favorite items of that sort.  Prompt #1 featured a suitcase.

And then, for Prompt #2, I featured the folded heart.  These little doors, compartments, and hiding places of various sorts are just an added element of fun, I think; and they remind me of how Cleopatra, tells Caesar, in the 1963 make of the movie, "There are doors..  and doors"...  (love that movie!)

Well, anyways, I'm really liking the added challenge to myself, from now on, to include that kind of a component for every Life Mantra journal page.  So here's what I did for Life Mantra #3...

First, you see, by the way I've constructed this particular journal, how several pages have folding flaps.  For something simple, but sweet, and then something that would still go with both the pinks and greens of the two pages I printed and glued in this pretty silhouette.  Then I just stamped "sweet moments" below.  Open the flap to find the silver pocket watch I made!

Using cardboard from an old cereal box, a little scrap piece of chain, acrylic paints, some stamps for the numbers, and a pair of die-cut hands that were given to me, I cut out some circles, and put together my element of time.  For the front of this pocket watch, I knew I wanted some kind of fancy detail, but I knew I didn't want it drawn or painted.  I wanted a more realistic look about it, and so this is how I did it.  I save the metallic covers/seals, that you'll most typically find under the plastic lids of various food products. One might be from a plastic coffee container, or from a jar of peanut butter.  In this case, I used one from a plastic tub of ready-made frosting!  (I love recycling!)

I flattened it out as best I could, and then I rubber-stamped a fancy-type of circular flourish design on the back side of the foil piece.

I placed the foil, stamped side up, onto a piece of fun foam, which I stacked on top of an old phone book.  I then took a ball point pen, and traced (not too hard, as you don't want to poke through) over the parts of the image I wanted.  Turn the foil over to the right side, and there I had the raised effect I wanted!  I then added magnets to the insides of the front and back of my pocket watch, to open and securely close it.

I glued a small rectangle between the front and back pieces of the watch, to hinge the two together.  Inside the watch, you find the face of the clock and then, below, a journaling spot!  

Along the sides, and then at the right-bottom corner of my page, you'll see I added some homemade washi tape, a couple of smaller printed images of clocks, and then a little paper flower.

Next, to the right of my pocket watch, 
is the under side of the flap I showed before. 

Here, I made a paper doily to serve as a pocket.  Inside the pocket are tags I made, one with a handwritten quote to remember.

Finally, here is a glimpse of the complete, open and unfolded layout of both Mantras, Numbers 2 and 3...

My thanks to Cathy for hosting this event,
It's not too late to join in, if you'd like to!
...And thanks to everyone for stopping by today, 
Wishing you all a great weekend, 
and a very Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Celebrate Oz 2013

Today Linda, at Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts, is hosting Celebrate Oz for a third year; and this year's theme was to alter something.  Not long ago, a friend had given me several cigar boxes, knowing I'd find something crafty to do with them; and if not, that I would at least use them for storing my craft supplies.  Well I definitely made good use of them, for all kinds of purposes around here, and I'm just about ready to ask her for MORE!..  But anyways, when Linda proposed we alter something, I readily knew what I'd like to alter, with the spirit of the great classic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, in mind.  So here it is, my altered cigar box...

Here's a little "before" picture...

I repainted everything black, and covered up that image you see on the inside of the lid.  Once that all dried, you see I focused around the blue gingham of Dorothy's dress.

I decoupaged the image I chose, featuring not only Dorothy, but her friends, Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow as well.  Then, I proceeded to embellish the box with a combination of paper and silk flowers and leaves...

a crocheted flower I made, a fancy gathered trim,
some pearls and bling...

and I used the Graphic 45 line of papers, Magic of Oz, both inside and outside the box.

Inside the lid, I cut up a paper doily to use as corner pockets to add any tickets or tags I might still want to add.  I have not yet seen the movie Oz, The Great and Powerful yet, but I can't wait to, just as soon as it comes to one of the cheaper theaters!  I'm sure I'll be saving my tickets for that!

On the bottom of the box, I added wooden macrame beads, painted in black acrylic paint...  And there you have it!  Finished, and ready to store any favorite little memorabilia I might want to save inside!

If you have not yet seen my mini album, based on my favorite characters and scenes from the movie, The Wizard of Oz...

then I hope you'll also take a look at it, on my YouTube video, HERE.  It is really my pride and joy, of any scrapbooking I've ever done so far!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  
I hope you enjoyed your visit here today, 
and please be sure to stop by Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts
to see what the other participants have shared!